Another hot humid day and I have a craving for chicken soup! I know, I know, that's more of a winter food, but I guess that's what my body needs. What better place to look for special herbs to put in my soup but right from my own garden. Other herbs and flowers in the basket are for tinctures and oil infusions.
With some disappointment I turned my attention to the statuesque Mullein. Hoping that it would be in bloom and I would be able to gather some of its flowers to make an oil Infusion. I am afraid that I arrived to early. The Mullein has tripled in size but is not yet in bloom. I have a friend who get frequent ear aches and I was hoping to make the oil for her.
After puttering around a little more I stumbled across Red Clover. I have been searching for some time for this pretty pink flower. I feared that I wouldn’t find any around my house. White clover is scattered every where but it is in frequently mowed areas and close to motor traffic. There were very few blossoms and of the few that were present most had faded or browned. Strike three I thought. I continued walking along the edge of the woods. I followed the Hedge listening the birds sing. My eyes catching glimpses of chipmunks and rabbits. I found a beautiful brown feather that shimmers with green and grey. The weather was gorgeous. Warm and breezy. I wandered onto the gravel path that leads behind the industrial park. A rocky line cut between the receive docks and the wood lined river. I decided to see were it lead. It turned out to continue past the building to the road and the beginning of the nature trail I had found before. I was about to follow the road home when that little voice told me to check out the first section of trail to find out how much it had changed as well. It was mostly the same. The Violets have evaporated and small vines are beginning to make there way onto the path. I made it to the opening and turned to follow the field back home when I tripped on a thin stalk that was in the middle of the path. I looked back at it and told it to be careful then continued on. I glanced over to my right and noticed that along the path a large amount of Red Clover was growing. Vivid pink flowers seated a top 3 round leaves. The bees danced from blossom to blossom sipping away. I was amazed and slowly began to gather the Clover. I backtracked taking a little from here and there not want to over harvest the area. Talking with the bees. Wait for them to finish in one place before I step over. It was long before I noticed that the beginning of the Red Clover patch lined up perfectly with the stalk that had tripped me. Having missed my chances with Heal All this season I seemed to have “stumbled” on to a new Ally. The way the Green World works always seems to amaze me.
Thank you for inviting me to join this blog group.
I have so much to learn and little to offer at this point, but I am glad to be here.
I am not a frequent poster and I have yet to learn how to post photos, but
I will look forward to reading this daily.
I would also recommend checking out the interview I mentioned. That is at www.susanweed.com .
The five herbs along the sidebar here are now labeled with their botanical names (and one common name).
I hosted a give-away game on my What I Made Today blog that involved guessing these herbs, but I think the cross-blog exercise fostered more chaos than order. J
My work here is done.
- Rudbeckia “Henry Eilers”
- Asarum canadense – Wild Ginger
- Nicotiana “Only the Lonely"
- Caulophyllum thalictroides – Blue Cohosh
- Potter, 1902: A Compend of Materia Medica
- Sayre, 1917: A Manual of Organic Materia Medica
- Remington and Wood, 1918: the US Dispensatory
- Boericke, 1901: Materia Medica: the Tinctures
- King's American Dispensatory, 1898
To my pleasant surprise I discovered another beautiful plant near my garden--one that goes unnoticed because it is usually hidden in other grasses and plants. I had to do a little research and surfed the web to identify the pretty plant known as Trifolium dubium or by the common name "Least Hop Clover" or "Yellow Shamrock." Here is a nice poem dedicated to this plant by Katharine Bates:
"Our wee, gold-dusty flower, the yellow clover,
Which once in Parting for a time
That then seemed long,
Ere time for you was over."
I asked myself what can this be used for, and only found one website that stated "A poultice of the chopped plant has been applied to cuts to stop the bleeding." Has anyone had any experience or used this plant for healing purposes?